Brookfield Church of Christ
Oct 6, 2019 Sun am Rom 6:23
From Here to Eternity
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      • Romans 6.23NIV2011

  • Romans 6:21–23 ESV
    But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Introduction:
    Illustration:

    Once Upon a Time

    Let’s take a look at the first of three verses from our text...
    Romans 6:21 ESV
    But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
    The fruit we were ashamed of was produced by the flesh; encouraged by the world and the father of lies...
    Once upon a time this is how we lived
    according to the flesh and the world
    it was our master - we were it’s slaves
    1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ESV
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    Once upon a time we were walking toward our destruction
    Our minds were set on earthly things
    Philippians 3:19 ESV
    Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
    When you live for only what you see you cannot live a life of faith
    because faith is the evidence of things not seen Heb 11:1 KJV
    faith is a conviction of things not seen Heb 11:1 ESV
    Living by sight only builds human; earthly; worldly desire
    that type of life only leads to sin...
    James 1:15 ESV
    Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
    [Once upon a time we were Slaves to Sin and Death…but now there exists a way to move from Here to Eternity…]

    Now Slaves of God

    There is hope and a better way to spend eternity...
    The second verse of our text reads...
    Romans 6:22 ESV
    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
    To produce this fruit one must know the truth
    and God’s word is truth Jn 17:17
    John 8:32 ESV
    and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    That truth will lead you to a water grave of baptism everytime
    there we are born again;
    added to the family of God
    becoming slaves of God and righteousness...
    The Spiritual Law of the New Testament has set us free from the Old Covenant of sin and death which no man could keep...
    Romans 8:2 ESV
    For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
    Now we live as the righteousness of God
    We are no longer under the curse of...
    the world
    the flesh
    that comes from the father of lies
    Jesus sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross has set us free and we ought to live like it
    Jesus didn’t die that we might continue in sin
    Jesus didn’t die that we might return to the ways of the world
    Jesus didn’t didn’t die so we could gratify the fleshly nature of wickedness
    Jesus didn’t die that we should continue being duped by the father of lies
    No! We understand the responsibility that comes from being freed and it is eternally liberating...
    1 Peter 2:16 ESV
    Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
    [Romans 6:21-23 demonstrates the contrasts between...
    The Epistle to the Romans 2. Freed from Sin’s Power to Serve Righteousness (6:15–23)

    This is the clear parallelism between vv. 21 and 22 that is created if v. 21 is punctuated with a question mark after “then”:

    Status

    Result

    Outcome

    v. 21:

    “then”: slaves of sin, free from righteousness

    “fruit” bringing shame

    death

    v. 22:

    “now”: free from sin, slaves of God

    “fruit” bringing sanctification

    eternal life

    Paul highlights the negative nature of the “freedom” enjoyed by Christians in their past by showing that the “fruit” of which they are now ashamed resulted from that freedom.

    Wage Earned versus a Gift Received

    Romans 6:23 ESV
    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    The Epistle to the Romans 2. Freed from Sin’s Power to Serve Righteousness (6:15–23)

    We may summarize the verse by noting, with Lloyd-Jones, its three contrasts: the master that is served—sin versus God; the outcome of that service—death versus eternal life; and the means by which this outcome is attained—a “wage” earned versus a gift received.

    What we work and sow, is what we recieve
    What do you work for?
    Do you work for self, or God?
    What bank account do you see your wages going into?
    is your sexual immorality deposited in a Righteous Bank account?
    is your idolatry deposited in a Righteous Bank account?
    Is your thievery deposited in a Righteous Bank account?
    Is your Greed; your drunkeness; your revelry; your lies; are these the investments you are banking on for eternity?
    Will they be cashed in for admittance into the Kingdom of Heaven?
    Galatians 6:7–8 ESV
    Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
    No!
    We need a different currency to live by
    We need a new standard to guide us
    We need need to move to a Blessed Assurance
    We can move from here to an eternity with God and all His Saints
    but we got to start living in that faith now
    while we are in this world
    with all it’s obstacles and trappings
    We need to believe the testimony revealed to us in scripture about the one who died for our sins that we might have an opportunity for eternal life.
    1 John 5:11–12 ESV
    And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    Now and in the future we proclaim and live by the testimony of this Word that moves us from now to eternity
    We preach today and we’ll preach October 18-20 at the Eternity Workshops
    Conclusion:
    Once upon a time we we’re slaves to wickedness and free from righteousness
    where are you at today?
    have you obeyed the Lord’s Doctrine that sets you free from sin?
    Now we are free and can be free as the slaves of God
    by being born again
    you can start making deposits of righteousness stored up in Heaven where no man can steal it nor can it be corrupted
    All our works are like filthy rags before God
    It’s time to accept His free gift of Grace by obeying and following His Way...

    God’s Plan of Salvation

    Romans 10:17 ESVSo faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
    Romans 10:17 ESV
    So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
    Acts 16:31 ESVAnd they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
    Acts 16:31 ESV
    And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
    Luke 13:3 ESVNo, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
    Luke 13:3 ESV
    No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
    Romans 10:10 ESVFor with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
    Romans 10:10 ESV
    For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
    Galatians 3:27 ESVFor as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
    Galatians 3:27 ESV
    For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
    1 Corinthians 15:58 ESVTherefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
    1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
    Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
      • Romans 6:21–23NIV2011

      • Romans 6:21NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 6:9–11NIV2011

      • Philippians 3:19NIV2011

      • James 1:15NIV2011

      • Romans 6:22NIV2011

      • John 8:32NIV2011

      • Romans 8:2NIV2011

      • 1 Peter 2:16NIV2011

      • Romans 6:23NIV2011

      • Galatians 6:7–8NIV2011

      • 1 John 5:11–12NIV2011

      • Romans 10:17NIV2011

      • Acts 16:31NIV2011

      • Luke 13:3NIV2011

      • Romans 10:10NIV2011

      • Galatians 3:27NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 15:58NIV2011

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